Our special tags, attached to the back of each blanket, are very important. We encourage all blanket makers to sign their first name on the tag so the child knows who made the blanket just for them. We also ask blanket makers to write a short, encouraging note to the child to give each blanket even more of a personal touch.
Here are some recent notes:
You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.
You are so loved. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!
Always dream big
You are loved greatly. You got this.
When there is no sunshine, be the sunshine.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself
Follow your dreams. You are loved.
When the child who receives the blanket writes his or her name on the tag, it will be easier for others in the foster home to identify the blanket's owner, and it increases the chance of the blanket staying with the child if they must move between foster homes.
You can see some more examples of tag messages below. You will receive a tag as part of a blanket kit. For other types of blankets, you can order tags online, to be picked up from our workshop or shipped if you live more than 30 miles from Westerville.
If you are able to sew on the tags, they are sewn on a corner of the back of the blanket, as shown in the photo below, near a corner, at least 3" from both edges. You can use a running zigzag stitch or a straight stitch, sewing 1/4" - 1/2" in from all four edges of the tag.
In our workshop, we use invisible thread in the bobbin and white on top so that thread doesn't have to be changed to match different blankets. However, you can use whatever color thread is appropriate.
We also have volunteers in our workshop who attach tags to completed blankets. Just tuck the completed tag into the finished folded blanket, and we'll take it from there!
Where do tags come from? See how tags are made, from start to finish.